If ever there was a time for a bumper edition of ‘my favourite finds’, it’s at Christmas, right? Even for the no-shopping-nonsense amongst us, it’s hard to resist a little trinket or two to remind us that the holidays are on the way and that it’s the month to kick back at home, turn on the twinkly lights and indulge in a glass of Bailey’s or two. Although, my personal preference is actually for Coole Swan … I’d definitely recommend trying it.
If you're new to The Ordinary Lovely and ‘my favourite finds’, these are posts where I share something small and lovely (and mostly purse-friendly) that I've welcomed in to my home, and that I think you'd be rather fond of too. Not that I’m encouraging you to shop unnecessarily … just pointing you in the right direction in case you’re looking for something similar.
Where and what to start with as I have five lovely items for you today …
&Keep Turtle Bags
First up, a modern take on the string bags that my grandmother used to carry her shopping in. These are organic cotton string bags from Turtle Bags and you can buy them from online eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle store, &Keep. They’re extremely strong and durable and were featured in The Independent’s ten best bags for life. I think they look really cool - perfect for delivering Christmas presents or popping in a stocking. The long-handled version is £5.25 and the short-handled is £4.75. Both come in a range of wonderful colours.
Angela Harding Winter’s Tail Advent Calendar
While I’m a self-confessed chocoholic, I can’t resist a traditional advent calendar. I know the world has moved on and there are calendars full of all sorts of wonderful things nowadays, but I still can’t help but gravitate towards one that’s beautifully illustrated, instead. This year, I’ve opted for the Winter’s Tail one by printmaker and painter, Angela Harding. I think it might be my favourite yet. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s behind all of the doors.
Rose & Grey Wooden Stars
While these natural wooden stars from Rose & Grey might be Christmas decorations, I think that they’re sweet and simple enough to pop on your mantelpiece or shelf all year round. They come flat packed, slot together in seconds and are just £1.50 for the small one and £1.75 for the large one. They also come in black, too - a touch dramatic for me but still really nice.
Søstrene Grene Ceramic Christmas Tree Tea Light Holders
I received so many message about these ceramic Christmas tree tea light holders after I shared them on my Scandi-inspired table setting for Portmeirion. They’re from Søstrene Grene and not available online, unfortunately. They’re still in the shops though if you’re lucky enough to have one near to you. I can’t remember exactly what I paid for them but they were definitely under £5 each. I bought them to use on the table on Christmas Day as I don’t like having uncovered candles around the children in case they lean over them.
Marks & Spencer Apothecary Candles
I adore Marks & Spencer’s candles. They’re beautifully presented, they smell amazing and they won’t break the bank. These two apothecary ones - Calm & Balance - are actually destined for my Christmas stocking (both Paul and I have to have a stocking each or the boys think we’re on the naughty list) but they’re so lovely that I wanted to share them with you before I hide them away. The amber jars are quite unusual for M&S but I really like them. I think they’d be great for making your own candles in too once you’ve used them up. They’re £7.50 each and would make a fantastic gift … for yourself.
What do you think of my choices? Has anything caught your eye? And if you’ve also found a new favourite or two recently, let me know!